Va. (November 1, 2012) - The 2012 CAA Field Hockey Championship is set to begin
Friday at Drexel's Vidas Athletic Complex in Philadelphia with six of the CAA's
top squads vying for the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Field Hockey
quarterfinals get underway Friday morning as fourth-seeded William & Mary
(10-8, 3-4 in CAA) takes on fifth-seeded Delaware (7-11, 3-4 in CAA) at 10:30
a.m., followed by third-seeded James Madison (10-7, 4-3 in CAA) squaring off
against sixth-seeded Hofstra (7-11, 1-6 in CAA) at 1 p.m.
Saturday's semifinals, top-seeded Drexel (13-6, 5-2 in CAA) takes on the
W&M/Delaware winner at Noon and second-seeded Northeastern (13-5, 5-2 in
CAA) faces the JMU/Hofstra winner at 2:30 p.m. The CAA championship game is set
for 3 p.m. on Sunday.
is looking to capture the CAA field hockey championship for the first time
after suffering narrow 1-0 losses in the 2009 and 2010 title games. The Dragons
enter the tournament ranked 18th in the NFHCA Top 25 poll, and have
been ranked in the poll every week this season, peaking at No. 15 on two
different occasions. Drexel enters the championship riding a two-game winning
streak, including a dramatic 1-0 victory over No. 10 Northeastern last Friday.
Leading the Dragons offensively are first-team All-CAA selections Amanda Fleischut and Lindsay McArdle. Fleischut, a senior
midfielder, leads the team with 26 points on 10 goals and six assists. McArdle,
a junior forward, tops the team in goals with 11, including three game-winners.
enters the championship ranked 10th in the NFHCA Top 25 poll and
will also be seeking its first CAA field hockey championship after falling in
last year's title game. The Huskies have spent the entire season ranked in the
Top 25 after defeating six ranked opponents, highlighted by a 3-2 victory over
No. 6 Virginia on September 8th. 2012 CAA Player of the Year Crystal Poland is the top performer on
the Huskies' offense after leading the CAA in goals (28), points (61) and
game-winning goals (8). Freshman Deirdre
Duke, the CAA Rookie of the Year, has also had a big season offensively
with 12 goals and 30 points. Goalkeeper Lizzie
Priest (1.63 GAA) was a first-team All-CAA honoree.
Madison is aiming to win its fifth CAA championship and its first since
capturing three straight titles from 2006-08. The Dukes are coming off a dramatic
3-2 overtime victory at Delaware in their regular-season finale last Friday
night. JMU freshman goalkeeper Lena
Wimmert ranks fifth in the NCAA with a goals against average of 1.13.
Offensively, JMU is paced by redshirt freshman forward Taylor West, who leads the team with seven goals, and CAA first-team
All-CAA selection Jenna Taylor, who
tops the Dukes with seven assists.
and Mary earned a berth in the CAA Championship for the first time since 2008.
The Tribe jumped out to a 7-1 start this season, which included a victory over
No. 11 Boston University. W&M spent
four weeks in the NFHCA Top 25 peaking at No. 19. The Tribe features a balanced
offensive attack with four players scoring at least five goals. Christine Johnson and Pip Saunders top the team with seven
goals apiece. Senior defender Maria Caro
anchors the back line after receiving first-team All-CAA honors.
is back in the CAA championship for the fourth straight season and will look to
capture its third CAA title after victories in 2004 and 2009. The Blue Hens
have won three of their last four games and played a difficult schedule this
season with 10 ranked opponents. Sophomore defender Kelsey McKee, a first-team All-CAA selection, has been the top
offensive performer for the Blue Hens with team-highs in goals (11) and points
(24). Delaware will also look to freshman midfielder Michaela Patzner offensively after she contributed six goals and 13
points this season.
makes its eighth appearance in the CAA Championship after securing the final
seed with its 2-1 victory over Towson last Friday. The Pride began the season
by winning four of its first five matches, and picked up an impressive victory
over No. 12 Boston University on October 14th. Sophomore forward Jonel Boileau leads the Pride offense
with 10 goals and three assists. Junior goalkeeper Kaitlyn De Turo will anchor the Hofstra defense after ranking
second in the CAA with 108 saves.
to the CAA Field Hockey Championship is $5 for adults. Youths under age 12 and
students with a valid college ID from participating CAA schools are admitted
you can't attend the championship, all five games will be video streamed free
of charge on CAASports.com. Also be sure to check out the video recaps, game
stories and statistics on the field hockey championship page on CAASports.com.
CAA Field Hockey Championship
Field at the Vidas Athletic Complex - Drexel University - Philadelphia, Pa.
November 2 - Quarterfinals
William & Mary vs. #5 Delaware 10:30
James Madison vs. #6 Hofstra 1:00
November 3 - Semifinals
Drexel vs. #4 W&M/#5 Delaware 12:00
Northeastern vs #3 JMU/#6 Hofstra 2:30
Championship Game 3:00 p.m.